Angels In Waiting

AIW is dedicated to recruiting qualified nurses to provide loving homes, nursing care, and other needed services for medically fragile foster care infants and children. We help facilitate the child's move from hospitals, group homes and institutions into private residences under the care of Registered and Licensed Vocational Nurses as their foster parents. We provide two essential ingredients for these children to heal - loving home environments and individualized nursing care.
Mar 30, 2016

Team Angel Wing

Team Angel Wing
Team Angel Wing

Introducing Team Angel Wing!!!

 

Angels in Waiting is excited to introduce, in partnership with LA County Department of Children and Family Services, our new Team Angel Wing program. This community awareness and outreach program is designed to work directly with major hospitals within LA County to help ensure placement of their medically fragile foster children with Independent Nurse Providers who can care for their specialized needs from home.

 

These children often spend weeks to months at a time in NICU and PICU wards, as their specialized care cannot be safely handled in regular foster homes or institutional care settings and group homes are full with no availability for these precious souls. Angels in Waiting ‘s new State Law gives Independent Nurse Providers priority consideration for the placement of these medically fragile infants and children. AIW’s innovative nursing program provides the needed nursing care to help this population thrive, and they do so through the loving hearts and hands of nurses, in the comfort of loving homes, receiving the special care they deserve.

 

Angels in Waiting has created special “gift baskets” for our medically fragile foster care population as an awareness and outreach campaign for LA hospital’s pediatric units. AIW’s “Team Angel Wing” campaign includes brochures about our nursing program, an award winning Children’s book called “The Wish”, about the plight of America’s foster children, and Sammy, our “crisis comfort penguin”. Sammy was created to help our medically fragile foster care children cope with numerous painful medical procedures and frequent placement into numerous foster homes. Not only does Sammy come with angel wings, he comes with a special pouch, in which these children can write or draw out their fears and tuck them into Sammy’s pouch for safekeeping. Indeed, AIW’s therapeutic stuffed toy was summoned to help many Newtown Connecticut children in crisis heal in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting.

 

With each donation Angels in Waiting receives, we can help supply Sammy’s crisis penguins and The Wish story books for these children to learn they are not alone and people do care. These children lack the safety and security that most children never have to doubt. Every little thing Angels in Waiting can do in order to help these children feel safe on their journey to finding forever homes is one small step in the right direction.

 

Go Team Angel Wing

Sammy & Autumn
Sammy & Autumn
Our Team Angel Wing Crate for Pediatrics Units
Our Team Angel Wing Crate for Pediatrics Units
Mar 30, 2016

Team Angel Wing

Sammy our Comfort Penguin & Autumn
Sammy our Comfort Penguin & Autumn

Introducing Team Angel Wing!!!

 

Angels in Waiting is excited to introduce, in partnership with LA County Department of Children and Family Services, our new Team Angel Wing program. This community awareness and outreach program is designed to work directly with major hospitals within LA County to help ensure placement of their medically fragile foster children with Independent Nurse Providers who can care for their specialized needs from home.

 

These children often spend weeks to months at a time in NICU and PICU wards, as their specialized care cannot be safely handled in regular foster homes or institutional care settings and group homes are full with no availability for these precious souls. Angels in Waiting ‘s new State Law gives Independent Nurse Providers priority consideration for the placement of these medically fragile infants and children. AIW’s innovative nursing program provides the needed nursing care to help this population thrive, and they do so through the loving hearts and hands of nurses, in the comfort of loving homes, receiving the special care they deserve.

 

Angels in Waiting has created special “gift baskets” for our medically fragile foster care population as an awareness and outreach campaign for LA hospital’s pediatric units. AIW’s “Team Angel Wing” campaign includes brochures about our nursing program, an award winning Children’s book called “The Wish”, about the plight of America’s foster children, and Sammy, our “crisis comfort penguin”. Sammy was created to help our medically fragile foster care children cope with numerous painful medical procedures and frequent placement into numerous foster homes. Not only does Sammy come with angel wings, he comes with a special pouch, in which these children can write or draw out their fears and tuck them into Sammy’s pouch for safekeeping. Indeed, AIW’s therapeutic stuffed toy was summoned to help many Newtown Connecticut children in crisis heal in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting.

 

With each donation Angels in Waiting receives, we can help supply Sammy’s crisis penguins and The Wish story books for these children to learn they are not alone and people do care. These children lack the safety and security that most children never have to doubt. Every little thing Angels in Waiting can do in order to help these children feel safe on their journey to finding forever homes is one small step in the right direction.

 

Go Team Angel Wing

The Wish
The Wish
Team Angel Wing
Team Angel Wing

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Dec 31, 2015

ANOTHER AIW NURSE'S ANGEL STORY

James and his family
James and his family

ANOTHER AIW NURSE'S ANGEL STORY

When we first met James he was four and a half years old and weighed only 28 lbs. James behaved wildly and was completely non-verbal. He could not form words and only mumbled non-coherently. It was painfully obvious how deeply he had been neglected at home. His hair had never been cut and was obstructing my ability to administer his breathing treatments. I later obtained a court order allowing him his first haircut. When we would play, he couldn’t identify the differences in shapes and colors or differentiate between letters and numbers. James never would establish eye contact with us or anyone. In his previous home, he spent so much time in a play pen that even his walking skills were underdeveloped.

Because of James’ combative behavior, the hospital wanted to ensure I could effectively care for him and required us to do seven hospital visits with James before he could come home with us. James’ anger was valid—he never had one person to focus loving and consistent attention on him. Those first weeks together required a great amount of patience, love, understanding and compassion in order for us to build trust, but slowly we became a family.

Now James is a rambunctious, Lego-loving 6-year-old and in school. He is reading independently and ahead of most of his classmates.Due to his early neglect, he struggles the most with his social skills when interacting with others. He is an active kid that loves to play and eat. Except for a few days of hospital care to treat his nine cavities, four extractions and two crowns, James has not required extended hospitalization since he has been with us. We are trying to keep his life as ‘normal’ as possible even though daily he takes about 15 medications and  does three and a half hours of breathing treatments. He now walks and talks freely and makes eye contact when you engage him. When I took him back to the hospital for an appointment, the staff that used to care for him did not even recognize him.

Our dream for James’ future is for him to maintain his health well enough to eventually give back to his community. James is warm and charismatic and has the charm and personality of cuteness—he has a great heart and could do big things in this world. James has brought great love and joy into our lives and we are constantly in awe of his amazing achievements despite his struggles. James is an amazing person. We are very appreciative of Angels in Waiting’s work to bring kids like James into the homes of nurses. I know our consistent love of James combined with skilled medical care has given him the opportunity for a joyful childhood. Thank you for supporting AIW!

THANK YOU FOR MAKING YOUR 2015 TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION TO AIW TODAY!

 

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